The Day ESO Dies

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Hello ESO Forums,

I posted this on my website but I know ZOS reads these forums so I figured I'd share my thoughts here. I'm one person the sea of awesome people that love this game. With the announcement of increase in Veteran Ranks I'd like to leave my feedback whether you agree or not. And here's what I have to say about the problem and fixing it.

Before I start I want to make clear where my opinions come from. I make my living playing THIS video game only. Not only that, but it's my primary means of socialization. Over the past two years (including beta), I've been infatuated with the idea of a multiplayer Elder Scrolls Game. Not to mention the help that ZOS has personally given me. I still love ESO, but I'm not going to blindly follow a games growth that does not fit my needs. Just realize the passion I have for this game, it's community and developers runs deep.

VR 16?

Within the same breath, Eric Wrobel said they still have long term plans of removing Veteran Ranks (VR), but for the new content they are increasing it by two thus making end game VR 16. At this point, I think it's clear that Veteran Ranks aren't going away, ANYTIME in the future. I have eight VR 14s and the problem I have with this isn't the time investment to re-level all those characters, or the fully legendary gear, but the constant deception about not adding more Veteran Ranks. We as customers have a right to voice or opinions and/or a right to stop being customers. For me, it's time to pick one and voicing seems to be the best option.

I have defended their decisions as a business model constantly but this is one I cannot ignore. Adding Veteran Ranks is not content, it's busy work. Content is intractable quest, dungeon diving finding worthwhile rewards with friends, a working PvP system giving flexibility and choices. Yes, I know Imperial City is coming with this additional Veteran Ranks, but why increase the cap? "Deltia to increase the contents difficulty," well that's true in most MMOs but not ESO and that's due to the Champion System.

Champion Progression

Most games have a level cap that once reached, one works on optimizing gear and your individual skill for increased performance. However, ESO has the Champion System rendering time in game collecting XP as account progression. So take the most skilled PvPer in the world (let's say Sypher) vs. someone with 1,000 more champion points. Skill is irreverent at this point. Thus removing one of the core reasons I play MMOs and video games alike. Busy work trumps constantly improving yourself. Grinding mobs and CP is the new meta, not skill.

Take another game for instance, you have fully maxed out gear and have been playing for four years. Once a level increase hits, most players will be on an even playing field in terms of gear. So, there is some possibility of catching up to those folks that spend eight hours a day in game. Not ESO, there is no Champion Point catch up mechanic. The person at level 10 might be more powerful than someone at VR14 due to CP. Without a catch up mechanic or a way to limit zombie grinding macros and bots, you'll have a runaway performance gap the size the Grand Canyon.
The Fix

Someone like me benefits significantly from the Champion System. Having alts, grinding mobs and skills, etc just makes me VERY powerful. But it does not help new players, inexperienced ones nor the overall game. My good friend Parfax had an excellent suggestion, simply have seasons for Champion Points. Meaning, every three months or so, you could gain 100 CP. Once you reach that number, you have to wait for the reset. No more 100 v 1,000 CP fights. If that doesn't work, why not make CP have diminishing returns? So the first 300 are very easy to obtain, but everything beyond that is harder (similar to Alliance Ranks).

I'm all for account wide progression, but at what cost? At the cost that people grinding zombies ultimately win? At the cost that skill and performance are removed out of the game? I want to one day challenge Sypher in PvP without out grinding him. With skill, learning, getting my face kicked in by him over and over just to beat him one day with pure skill. Until this changes, the easier way for me to beat him is out grind him. Obtain such a mathematical advantage that no amount of skill can compensate. And that is the day that ESO dies.

Why I Give a ****

No I do not plan on leaving the game. I still love the combat, the people and the developers. But I'm no longer a bushy eyed fan-boy. I don't want to leave this game, this is my absolute favorite thing to do (well besides you know what). I've have (not had) such an emotional attachment to the land of Tamriel that I won't let it go just yet. But I'm not going to sit back and let another level increase happen without a true fix to the underlying problem, the Champion System.
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  • pmn100b16_ESO
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    Sypher wrote: »
    I have gone against players who have double/triple my champion points (I currently have ~300) and can confirm that the imbalance is extreme and will only get worse.

    This also applies to PVE, once a group of players with high CP get together they will start breaking leaderboards with their mathematical advantage and newer players or players who don't grind out CP will be left in the dirt.

    As a player with 5 vet accounts and 6th one in the works, my distaste for v16 is pretty obvious.


    Speak up folks.

    But fanbois tell us no one has over 600 champ points and diminishing returns makes it all negligible anyway.

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  • Azalin76
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    I agree with you, I love this game but the direction they are heading is all over the place and no one can keep up or figure out how to play the game anymore. The addition of champion points was great for a casual player like me...at first. Now that I have seen the system in action I realize that I am so far behind the curve that I will never catch up and be able to be as good as the players who are much farther ahead of me. I stopped playing for about 2 months before console came out because I had 2 VR14 toons and I got there with them before I really knew how to play the game and now don't like to play them because of all the changes that were made, especially to races. Once consoles were released I started over and am now working through my vet ranks again and it feels like it's taking forever and I feel I will never reach end game because it feels so far away. I was hoping they would do away with vet ranks before consoles were released (which would have made more sense) but now they are adding 2 more vet ranks which will make it even longer before I can reach end game. I think at this point they should just leave vet ranks in the game but lower the xp needed to gain a rank (I know they already have because I remember having to grind through 14 million xp to reach one rank at one point). If they lower the xp and make it more progressive like leveling from 1-49 (I say 49 because there is no lvl 50) then people will actually be able to reach end game and actually be able to enjoy the game instead of leveling mindlessly through 13 million xp to reach vr 14.
  • Swannkyy
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    I think they could fix the champion system by making it so that it goes to a max of 10% instead of 25%. (although removing it all together sounds hell of a lot better to me, considering it's the reason a lot of my friends quit playing.)
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  • Rhakon
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    here is a good idea for a CS solution!

    http://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/en/discussion/190525/best-idea-for-cs-gap-problem-thx-to-rune-relic#latest

    easy and direct fair and rewarding
    Edited by Rhakon on July 3, 2015 7:49PM
  • Junipus
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    If someone can link the forum mods into this, with so many big and influential names throwing their voices into the ring that should make ZOS look at further internal discussions on whether VR16 is the best choice for their future.
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  • BrightnessSyl
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    Sith is funny. Go nords go. See? I fixed it ;)
    Edited by BrightnessSyl on July 3, 2015 8:06PM
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  • Xendyn
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    I can do that
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  • Mr_Bubbely
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    Sithisvoid wrote: »
    Sithisvoid wrote: »
    Kinda started to die for me when i tuned into a streamers' channel and he was hating on a race so much he was singing "ain't no Nord in my blood"

    Sithisvoid clearly that was a joke, humor is always needed when streaming. This has nothing to do with that. DO you play the game? Do you care about the changes? Put personal views toward a streamer aside and fight for your game.

    I don't see anything wrong with VR16 or Champion points. MMO's raise level cap. Champion points keep people playing the game. Plus what kind of backlash would erupt if they removed them? The people who spent hour upon hour grinding will suddenly leave the mobs and return the the forum in Frankenstein mob form.

    And I agree, whats the point of an MMO if you can't advance further and get even better? Isnt that the point of an MMO? To become the very best you can be?
    Edited by Mr_Bubbely on July 3, 2015 8:01PM
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  • washlov
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    Sithisvoid wrote: »

    I don't see anything wrong with VR16 or Champion points. MMO's raise level cap. Champion points keep people playing the game. Plus what kind of backlash would erupt if they removed them? The people who spent hour upon hour grinding will suddenly leave the mobs and return the the forum in Frankenstein mob form.


    CP killing the game slowly
    on consols the pc chars will dominate pvp und the dungeon leaderbords
    Edited by washlov on July 3, 2015 8:04PM
  • Rhakon
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    no not in a linear 24/7 farmingsimulator-system.

    content and challenges should keep us busy and playing.
  • Aneima
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    Sypher wrote: »
    I have gone against players who have double/triple my champion points (I currently have ~300) and can confirm that the imbalance is extreme and will only get worse.

    This also applies to PVE, once a group of players with high CP get together they will start breaking leaderboards with their mathematical advantage and newer players or players who don't grind out CP will be left in the dirt.

    As a player with 5 vet accounts and 6th one in the works, my distaste for v16 is pretty obvious.


    Speak up folks.

    That my friend is when ZOS will yet again nerf abilities etc in an attempt to balance classes. One needs to ask the question is it worth farming CP now with the high possibility of all the time and effort wasted. Sadly only time will tell but all of us who play mmorpgs already know that nerfs are inevitable and are bound to happen.
  • Deathztalker
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    The reason for the bump to VR16 is to fix some of the itemization issues that are currently going on in the game. How would you suggest fixing these issues without increasing the VR levels and without making changes to the existing gear in the game or devaluing the existing items?

    The Champion Points system needs to be transitioned but I don’t think that a seasons for Champion Points is the solution. In fact it may make the problem even worst as you would have some people with no CP and the people who actively work on getting CP would still always have more CP then the average Joe .

    It’s all fun to talk about the problems but what we need are the solution. . . . . .
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  • washlov
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    delete pls
    Edited by washlov on July 3, 2015 8:03PM
  • BrightnessSyl
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    Keep up the discussion guys!
    Edited by BrightnessSyl on July 3, 2015 8:06PM
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  • Dracane
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    Aneima wrote: »
    Sypher wrote: »
    I have gone against players who have double/triple my champion points (I currently have ~300) and can confirm that the imbalance is extreme and will only get worse.

    This also applies to PVE, once a group of players with high CP get together they will start breaking leaderboards with their mathematical advantage and newer players or players who don't grind out CP will be left in the dirt.

    As a player with 5 vet accounts and 6th one in the works, my distaste for v16 is pretty obvious.


    Speak up folks.

    That my friend is when ZOS will yet again nerf abilities etc in an attempt to balance classes. One needs to ask the question is it worth farming CP now with the high possibility of all the time and effort wasted. Sadly only time will tell but all of us who play mmorpgs already know that nerfs are inevitable and are bound to happen.

    In some cases, nerfs are unevitable. But in my opinion, ZoS nerfs simply due to lack of creativity. Best example is the nerf to crushing shock. They reduced the damage of it by 10% to make the other morph more attractive. Really, this is sooo poor. But luckily, few people fall for this poor attempt.
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  • Callous2208
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    This post has really got me thinking. Honestly, at this time I do not know the solution, although I concede the CP needs a definite reworking/removal. I believe these sort of issues are what led me to rp. Kind of my escape from the realization that the long term vets and hardcore grinders can roll me in the same gear with equal or less skill. Hopefully those brighter than I can come up with a solid solution that benefits all. Until then I guess I'll be /drinking with the boys at Fallowstone.
  • GrieverXVII
    I recently got into ESO on the PS4 because of friends, I had originally never intended to even play this game due to it's initial P2P feature, ended up giving it a shot after it went F2P for an upfront cost of the game just as any other game. playing it was a slow start for me, game started getting better after level 10ish. Right now i'm level 38 on my first and only character so i am still very inexperienced as to how this game functions at end-game let alone many other things...though lots of lurking of forums and general info found online about ESO, it sounds like many people are not happy with the current state of this game and even though I have no experienced opinion to stand on, from what i've read in this topic i'd like to thank everyone for the great heads up and knowledge about the game in one compressed topic, but I would also like to comment here just to say that the dev's really should be listening to it's most loyal and experienced veterans, who better to know how to fix a game than those who have dumped hundreds if not thousands of hours into learning a game and it's mechanics inside and out. I was like that with Dark Souls 1 & 2 and would of loved to be heard by the devs regarding certain things. So i really hope this gets noticed and hopefully my comment will add to that spark of interest. Goodluck guys!
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